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Career building advice needed!
kablez 
6/9/08 12:01:23 AM
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So I realized at the start of this year that I want to pursue a career in Web Development. Not design, I don't care too much for pretty CSS layouts and Flash. I'm more concerned about the stuff going on in the background.

At the moment I'm enrolled in Cert IV IT Web Design at Tafe and also teaching myself PHP and MySQL to get a head start on developing web apps. I understand the fundamentals of AJAX, CSS, XHTML and Javascript and know enough to write a website using those in Notepad...

Ultimately I'm really keen on working on corporate intranets, developing internal software for companies and such... but from what I've heard a lot of that is based around .NET and PERL?

Some pointers or random bits of advice would be great. My biggest fear is that I'll either end up freelancing or not ending up in this career field at all.

Cheers!

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superfireydave 
6/9/08 1:38:21 AM
Titan

Well, if you're going to go into the web area, learning CSS and xhtml WELL would be a good idea at the very least, that way you have an understanding of how the front end you're developing for works. If you don't, there's bound to be issues.

I'm guessing .NET would be a really good area to work with, as would python and ruby perhaps. PHP and mySQL are definite starting points though, and with the right framework you can build larger apps rather easily.

I'm a web dev I guess, but I don't touch the .NET side of things and have yet to do anything too corporate related so I've no idea what sort of thing that would specifically entail =P

There's others around here that should be able to give you a better idea though.

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kablez 
6/9/08 1:52:59 AM
Titan

Yeah, I'm actually interested in Python and Ruby on Rails... but looking around at the Perth job market I don't know if I'd get that far so I don't wanna put the proverbial eggs in those baskets just yet...

.NET is very easy to get a job with, and I do have some experience with C# and VB.NET but there seem to be way too many other developers in .NET, plus it's locked down and relies on Microsoft software... learning Python or RoR means Linux and Open Source which is awesome and means more $$$

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Girvo 
7/9/08 8:08:38 PM
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chrisg said to me once there was no shortage of .Net jobs, and that Ruby On Rails was becoming a huge arena over in Perth.


You can't go far wrong with .Net if you want monies really. PHP with a proper MVC framework is good, but for corporate use I doubt they'd go down that route [despite it being perfectly viable now with PHP5...]. Ruby On Rails can't hurt to learn really. :)

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